Police has launched investigation into two cases related to child pregnancy.
Both cases are being investigated as rape cases.
The first case includes a 17-year-old girl from the central division. The investigation is being carried out by a team of its Crime Against Children Department, together with the gender ministry.
Authorities are yet to make any arrests in the case.
A second case involving an 18-year-old was reported on Tuesday as well.
Noting that the gender ministry had filed the case, police said that such cases involving children are classified as “serious” cases. Further, it reiterated that details of child victims will be not be disclosed, for their safety and protection.
While there has been a spike in the number of sexual assault cases filed at the institution, authorities have faced criticism over the delays in taking action.
As such, a protest was held on Monday evening, against rape and impunity. The peaceful protest was organized by ‘Voice of Maldives’ with participants following Covid-19 infection prevention measures such as wearing masks. At least three people were arrested from the protest, with the use of excessive force.
While two cases involving possible child sexual grooming and subsequent abuses were reported in late May and early June, where minors were taken to guesthouses and raped, suspects in both cases have been remanded until sentencing.